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Exhibition catalogue 2009

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  • The Art Group welcomes you to our first ever gallery show Lets Play,

    an upbeat collection of original art and limited editions that provide light relief from the

    serious side of everyday life.

    Created in collaboration with over 45 artists, the show is a fun and

    lively introduction to some of the inspirational talent published by

    The Art Group, celebrating the art at the heart of our business.

    Showcasing over 100 artworks across a broad range of media

    there is plenty to play with, as we bring you one step closer to the

    original creativity that inspires our world-renown art prints.

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  • Moose Allain

    Moose has enjoyed a wide variety of jobs, from turfing a ha-ha for the National Trust to creating cartoons for Alton Towers Kids Club magazine. He has lived in London for many years and worked as an architect specialising in urban regeneration, consultation and participatory design projects and even contributed to the UKs successful Olympic bid.

    In 2006 he and his wife moved to Devon to bring up their young boys by the sea. He gave up his full time architecture career to concentrate on art. He now has pieces in private collections all over the world.Moose fills his playful drawings with tiny narrative incidents, fine details, words and phrases along with a cast of curious characters. His work is about positivism, a celebration of humanity.

    All Kinds Of New

    All Kinds of New is a London-based blogger, illustrator and talent scout for all things satisfying and exciting to the eye With knowledge and history in design dating back to the early 90s.

    By day an industry creative, by night a seeker of design eye candy.

    Karin Akesson

    Born in Sweden 1978, Karin studied Illustration at Brighton University from 1998 to 2001. She also obtained MA in Communication Art & Design at the Royal College of Art. Karin now happily lives and works in London as a freelance illustrator, exhibiting her work though-out the UK and creating designs for a huge variety of clients from various disciplines, allowing her to be experimental and progressive in her creativity!

  • Richard Barrett

    Theres a little bit of someone you know in every animal you meet.

    This has become the philosophy behind Richards observations of our furry and feathered friends. The belief really came into being when the artist met a special cat.

    I was totally convinced that this cat was the reincarnation of my Aunty Joan... except that my Aunty is still very much alive.

    Which leads to the only logical conclusion that all creatures are in-fact little people in fur coats!

    Deborah Azzopardi

    Deborah Azzopardis provocatively flirtatious paintings have such universal appeal. Her vibrant palette of heightened colours, which are predominantly primary and contained by outlines reference her earlier work for The Walt Disney Company. While her colours serve as the initial bait to gain the viewers attention, it is her subject matter that hooks you and keeps you captivated. The often ambiguous compositions allow for individual interpretation, letting the viewer read as much or as little as they like into each painting.

    Ben Allen

    Working in a multitude of media and materials, Ben Allens influences include comic book art, skateboard culture, surfing, travel, Japanese graphics, the Mexican festival Dia de la Muerte, typography, nature and the human condition.

    His paintings and prints are in private collections worldwide. He has worked with Levis, Virgin, Channel 5, The Hoxton Hotel and has exhibited his mixed content paintings in exclusive venues and galleries internationally as well as selling to celebrities.

  • Nick BoyceNick is an art school dropout with a passion for fusing art and technology.

    In 2004 the Adelaide Fringe selected his programmatically-generated image for their festival poster and awarded him a flight to Europe. Nick left his position as director of a web design consultancy in Adelaide, South Australia and settled in London.

    He is currently working as a senior web developer for The Art Group in London as well as undertaking various freelance projects for clients in Europe, the USA and Australia.

    He has exhibited in London, Amsterdam, Melbourne and Adelaide and has been published in numerous books.

    Lara BowenBorn in Brighton in 1970, Lara studied art at Hastings College and Oxford Brookes University. Since graduating she has worked as an art teacher, writer, illustrator and gallerist but more recently Lara has concentrated on her own artistic practice turning her attention to formal gardens and allotments, and landscapes. Lara previously worked in the medium of stained glass and aims to bring similar elements to her paintings. Working in oils she uses a mixture of brush and palette knife to build layers of colour and texture. Lara finds inspiration in a variety of places, from textiles, floral illustrations, the Impressionist and old masters still life paintings, to ceramic and glass design and even Dulux colour charts.

    Lara now lives in London with her partner, baby boy and long-suffering cat.

    Sarah BeetsonSarah graduated in 2002 from Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall UK, and won the Pentland Prize for Fine Art that same year. She spent the next 4 years in London working in fashion, illustration and design in-house at Yellowdoor, Pop and The Face magazines and completed a 7 month print design internship at Stella McCartney.

    A commission followed to decorate the walls of the shoe room of Stellas Bruton Street shop, which opened in London in 2003. Since then, she has built a career as a freelance artist and illustrator, exhibiting work in London, Paris, Portland, New York and Melbourne; she is now based in Australia.

  • Angie CroweAngie Crowe, originally from Essex, settled in London after gaining a 2:1 in Fine art from the University of East London. She continues to live and work in North London where she combines her love of creating stylishly decorative artwork with a fulltime job in the publishing industry.

    Angie won an award for her artwork in the 2003 Essex open exhibition and now regularly exhibits with the East End Arts Club. Her work comprises of acrylic on linen with various embroidery and paper embellishments. Angies inspirations include retro patterns and all things vintage.

    She likes cooking, drinking wine, supporting West Ham football Club and is a sucker for nineties Indie bands.

    Jon BurgermanJon Burgerman is an intensely prolific artist who creates vibrant, neo-primitive scrawls of shapes and colour. He has built a strong reputation through his unique artworks of swooping, intertwining lines and hyper-emotional characters. Working across a variety of media that includes drawing, painting, print, animation, large-scale murals and toy design, his art retains a hand-made, hand-drawn quality. A sense of British self-deprecation, dry humour and modern-day anxiety imbues his work along with an enthusiasm for salads.

    Jon has exhibited internationally since 2001 and has work in the permanent collections of The V&A and The Science Museum. Jon has received two D&AD Silver award nominations and has worked on many commercial projects for high profile organizations. In 2008 he was invited to appear as a guest on the BBCs Blue Peter, creating a unique work live on air to celebrate the shows 50th birthday.

    James BrownJames Brown is an illustrator and printmaker living and working in London.

    Trained as a textile and surface print designer, James worked in the clothing industry for 10 years producing print designs for numerous brands from Levis to Louis Vuitton. After two years as head designer at Hope & Glory menswear James embarking on a new career as an illustrator in 2006.

    James has been commissioned to produce work by publishing houses, magazines and newspapers and advertising and design agencies. Some recent clients have included Oxfam, Cancer Research, The Guardian and Faber & Faber.

    Alongside his commercial practice James produces limited edition screen-prints and lino-cuts, which are available from Liberty, Elphicks, selected galleries and shops throughout the country and his website www.generalpattern.net.

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  • Christopher FarrellBorn in London in 1971, Christopher Farrell graduated from De Montfort University, Leicester in 1993 with a first class Honours degree in Visual Arts, then gained a Post-Graduate Degree at the Royal Academy School of Art, London. Influenced by the city and everything about it, he is fascinated by the diversity of the contemporary and traditional architecture in London and it has become an ongoing theme in his paintings and digital work.

    Jeremy DickinsonBorn in Halifax, Yorkshire in 1963, Jeremy Dickinson studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London, graduating in 1986. He has exhibited widely since then, with one-person and group exhibitions in the USA, Europe and Japan. In 2004, a ten-year survey exhibition of his paintings was shown at Horsens Kunstmuseum in Denmark, and a comprehensive catalogue was published to coincide with the exhibition.

    Toy cars have been the principal subject of his paintings since the mid 1990s. Earlier works depicted toy buses, which he had kept since childhood. All show much evidence of past play with chips, dents, rust and missing tyres. The backgrounds are always abstracted, so the vehicles appear stacked in imaginary junkyards or lined up in pretend car parks.

    Jeremy Dickinson lives and works in London.

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